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. ' 1 ; : . rr - ... If V .s 5 J-1; IK w4: t.'v. ii if i m i ft' 'Ji i k i i i ! i Vol. XV. oice Xittrato. , From tlit Christian Index. THE HEW LIGHT. UT Hit 3. JIA.UY A. M CHMMflt. CHAPTER I. Mrs. Harcourt, Erie's mother, and a native of South Carolina, married youDg and migritcd with her husband to the Northeast art of Georgia. Here, after ten eventful years, her husband did leaving her with an inr.ilv two littfe girls.' one exactly five years' ol . o . . "kv. miliu L der thin the other. With energy and prudence, she managed to gave a small competency out of tbe remnant of her prp,ty, with which to livo respectably "and independently at home, and raise and educate her daughters. 'At tho age ofsixteen her oldast daugh ter, Nora, married a thriving merchant cf a neighboring town, and settled some twenty miles from her mother's. After marriage he would have given her moth er and Kilter a home in her house, but Mrs. Harcourt refused to accept it "It is always best for voiimr neanlfi'fn live by themsejves after inairiage," she rtpfied, when the subject was mentioned to her. '" You and Mr. Norton will Vn- joy yourselves best, and land Elsie.will get on admirably until I am compelled to tend her away to school, but-fyr tht present'Rock Spring Academy is imply jsuflicient for her education." The question was urged no further, for Mrs Harcourt wag a woman gf de cision of character, r.nd when hwr mind was once made up, was not easily chang. '"' ed.-- She and Elsie therefore remained in .their quiet country home the former at tended to her domestic concerns, and the Walter pursuing her btudies until death claimed another, victim from the little family oircle. Mrs. Harcourt met the! 'king of terrors as a christian alone can i meet Mm, but she" had much une.siness j ,or iVwith rc-jard to Elsie. vitr Mrs widely difFerent with her beautiful, high- spirited child, just budding into woman ho, wha had never sought an interest in ve Saviour. Uow could her barque f life drift down the perilous cunents; ueiore ner, wiiaouu iuuiu o t5u,uu,b hand, and how could she bear to leave her beautiful one exposed fo the dangers and temptations of a wicked world, with out' th favor of that 44 friend that stick -cth closer than 4 brother !" These were' questions which she could only answer by committing her darling daughter tt the merc ot the sinner's friend. "Seek the Savieur, my precious child, were ameng the last words that she ut tered. "Now, while the dew of youth is fresh upon thy soul, oh, make your peace with God. Better than a moth er's love will be his love to yuu, but, ohl if you refuse it, sorrow, deep, heart-felt sorrow will be your portion, for I can-, not think the child of my prayers wrll finally be lost ; but the Lord wiM send some sore calamity to bring you' to re pentance." Her mother's death was a greatjhock to EUie, and, for a while, it seemed that she was really penitent ; but, as time the great assuager of our grief effaced the bitterness of her sorrow, her religious impression also wore away. She remov ed to hersister's house, after her moth er's death, and there met gay and friv .:us society, who flattered and carress- l 'er into lorgetfulneisot serious things, 'i ui was because she fras so beautiful, and she is by no means the only girl to whom a lovely face has been . a spiritual misfortune. She could not fil to at tract attention any where, with her com plexion s marble white, and eyes and rippling curls so bright and jetty dark. But these were all enhanced by .a tunny bpirit that threw its radiance everywhere she went. No wonder she because a belle, and that too soon for her mental geod. No assembly of pleasurc-seekers was deemed complefco without her. Knowing it to have been her mother's wish, Mr. Norton endeavored te keep her out of fashionable society until her oourye of study was complete ; but hav ing once tastcd'the adulation. which "so ciety" bestows upon its votaries, it was but natural that she should desire to .drink more deeply of the sweet, intox icating draught." She had a winning way about her, too, that .could not be well resisted; inconsequence, her. sis ter yielded an inch at a time until she'be camc thoTeigning and acUnowlgcd.belle of Greenville. Scores of adaiircrs now flocked around her, until she 'a..uVily. began t; sb-.-vv svmntem of c-juuetry. bhe w Ur, auette, l'or she itil -possessed an earnest, afiectionate and truthful heart; but the oeinz a conaiuiiM fife Was Wiinai JIHJUS wuuinu, suu icic iiu j at -- . i r-- T,rt5rljirftnxitv : but the case was nectar sparging at the brim? It our -.u-i V: v, ru ftn rtrer. r.nnf.ftaiea neneatn inpt nurn r Ialeieii. transition from her 'quiet country home -"""1 1 "a? P8",0" s" ""'ojccp.ed; tie nniW .ii' in ,1 i. moreso lfEhm,thl 'ig , :ea'n"! i r,; riS d:'waH I until LtUrVu k IUSgca, , unii I ac last return herrtmi mnnB.u1m. Mrs. Norton kneW th s and h . ?,:!"I0US-12 5? and et- f nC wnii quietly 10 me enjoyment of do- mesne nappmess. Acconlin gan to nmt toner the necessity of raakin t - . . .-J J w trsd BCJe,?n .Ir.m -among her su'fors. Ittlt- id. no idea of 'nutting i htttle head into the silken noose, and only laughed at her sister's entreaties" and thus month after month passed away ' with the little thoughtless beauty At last tho u bon ton' were - electrified I with the news that Elsie was 6in" to ' marry Georg Moreland, Mr. Norton's f handsome fascinating, sceptical partner, I He was steady, industrious, well educa: ted andfluent in con'versalion,5 with good ' pci.uuiaij prospects. Lhe world nounced it an- admirable match- pro- ( only tne thoughtful and reflectim t of the community dreaded the fruits of infidelity ' in after years'. Hb wk h; tm,,i agreeable gentleman, however, and even UI!- morion appTeci of the match, for, as he never spoke much on religious sub jects, she did not know how strongly' sceptical his sentiments were. It was a love match, with no sordid pecuniary motives on' either side, as both could have married betteij1 so far as money was concerned, and, being a loye match f course they were happy. -'What is the world to them? Its pomps, its pleasures, and its nonseme all . Who in each other clap whatever fair Iligh faucy formt, and lavish, hearts can wiah!" Ah! tender, holy joy of wedded life type of the mystic tie that binds the church to Christ why trails the surpent till so oft about thy Eden bowers ? Why is ic mat me purest drop or happiness mat neaven nas ever distilled in mortal fallen nature. Jt is the chastening of the Lord, to win us from a great idola tryto woo us to transport our treasure to the- Spirt-land. And yet we knw that those whe livo by faith in Christ aro rendered better, nobler and more pure when kindred spirits mingle into one. God has so ordained it, and it must ever be that marriage is the greatest good, or else the greatest curse of earth. They left their home and its dull rou tine of cares, as soon the ceremony was performed, and flitted ' off towards the North, upon the swift-winged mes senger of steam. For months they re velled in the charms of travelnd stored their minds with many rich and lovely scenes, while quaffing the sweet draft of mutual love. But soon these happy mo ments, sped away, and brought them o'nee again tp those they left behind and home. . Elsie returned raoro radiantly beautiful than when she went avray, because a softer, sweeter light shonl in her eye a richer, deeper tone lingered upon her voice. It waa evident that she was de voted to her husband, a devotion entirely reciprocated on his part ; an-d Mr. Nor- ton hoped they would withdraw in some ; degree from that society whose hollow '; mOckenes never satisfy the heart, and find their chief delight in their own do- j mestic circle. ! It was an, important era in their Jives, for much de'pended on the course adopted by them. Whether they were wise and prudent in their choice the following chapter will unfold CHAPTER II, No newly-mtrried pair ever embarked together on the ocean of lhVwith finer prospects for happiue'ss, than George Moreland and Elsie. And they were happy, at least as human hearts can be, without the sunshine of God's love upon them. George, poor fellow, had bean raised by sceptical parents, and haying strengthened hie early instructions by reading the sophistries of Hume and Vnltairi ki? if there ever was. an hon- est Infidel. He sometimes said he would love to believe the doctrines and prom is es of the Bible, there was so much of consolation contained in them, but he could not, ani lrom cloeely observing the tonduct f profiting chriatians about him, that he was convinced that they themselves did not believe thtm! Often have 1 heard bim descant on the subject in this wise : " How can a'inan who re ally believes that the flaming eye of Grod is ever upon him, noting down hissiight rstwoids and thouzhts, for which ho will have to be judgVbbefure an assti ! hs5 world, act as my neighbor SmuLi dos? Why, I have to kee wide open, to prevent him & eep both eves om cheatins JN-. G ., STovaiter iae, whenever T hir any s with was him, .nd yt h. sits in th. fitorner unctl,n nd apparent .fee'.inian nj one in th. house. And thil Joni. ' cnurch. It is all a humbtr: I am -n t !"",SrA.C0l " I would .Elsie always ways contended ol h occa sions for the religion of her er, with the best arguments she coulgnmand ; but as she never had given Subject a t close and thorough investigap her ar guments . were 'as straws pre the mighty tempests cf his sulor Voic, and served o'nly: to'.confinnfn in his own opinions. Had she wt!?d them with the power of cxperimejwligion and the unanswerable foix$t" a holy J ife,. the effect might have beflifferent, but alas J she could not, lbr;ety still threw its glittering snare,out her : heart, binding it to the inwaruonitor I Conscience. She was still pitiful and gay, and loved the dance a'uidnight festival, and had no time to thraf death did after sceneSand was therefore incapable of succfli'lly com batting the subtleties of Infilty. of . Had sh& bn4 a inotheii; r heart would . have expanded to wgher and nobler aims, but year a ft J year .Wl brought np sweet youni; lil td twine about her ern, and point ,o hi eterni ty,' irom which it had but . J cd a iho in,ent, to gild her home withl-ishine. No fair young prattlers myweet mu sic about their hearth, and aoe their home nj.s buV a lodgin? ilal a house divsted of the ; Bacrednv home, where tendr budding eouls i;g around the altars of the heart like vps around a consecrated fine. No wWr, then, that cola ennui sometimes stl-d in up on their jsolitude. anddroviiiin t'n thn ouier woriu 10 sees, ertioyi u 1 . 1 r. . i . 1-1 i - ' .Relig- 'louuuuiu travo niiea. the they yielded not to the rep incy, but it offered A few :ririSeandG4fc, be this, not t .Tven rtice itWinitoly symptoms, hence the blow ird on her wun a suuHuii, ujusuing weicm. xne sorrows which her mother ha4 foretold had come" upon, her now, and Jiiow was she prepared to meet them ? On balm alone exists for such a wound,an that Bhe had neglected till it seemed beyond her reach. When that, round which the heart strings twine, is broken and cast down, a woman can only look t6 God for help, how sad is the condition of her who has not made her peace with him ! Though her proud heart j rebelled against her destiny, yet no complaining word- escaped from EisieV lips. .She could not speak of her husband's imper fections, even to her nearest and dearest friend, but they pressed not, U.s heavily upon her hartfor that. Shikspere has truly said " The heart hath treble wrong "When it is barred the audien co of tongue. An oven that is stopped, a rivortstayed, Burneth "mor hotly, swelteth with raore rage, And tlius it is with sorrow when concealed.11 With this concealment proving on her heart, she drooped and pined, a-nd we knew a blight had fallen upon her heart but could not guess the cause, for George was hot drunkard, and lie ver failed to render proper courtesy and restect to his wife. Tfli outward seemitic air was fair and " com foe ii jaut," and little dreamed the world a skeleton was enshrined upon the altars dedicated once to peace and happiness ; but so it was. We know but little of the hidden life of those about us. We. gaze upon the placid brow, and dream not of the trujedy enacting in the heart. We listen to the silvery ' voice, but never hear the melancholy mqaning- " Sad, sad, sad and low P j WitKiii the" hidden chambers oithe soul. About tlus time a series jof union prajr meetings Acre commerced in the Baptist -ch.urch of Greenville, Sor the ex press purpose of praying for aVevival of religion in our ' midst. Religioi was at such a, loW ebb among us at. that- time that a 1 one but a few faithful kind devo ted christians believed these meetings would result in any irood. klW a lone time but lew attendod, and nJ apparent I :ood was done;. but after a while the Lord in mercy visited his anxious, wait ing childrn, and .others bean to feel His power. Very soon thereafter the house was crowded every nieht to ovtrflowr hie,iind many awakened sOulSjWere ask ini for the way' of life, and Elsie was of the number. Being my most particular friend,! made her case the pbject .of special pray er, aud was delighted to see ner going up night aficr night for many weeks to ask the prayers of christians in her be half. Her husband did not accompany to church, having made a vow a year before, that he would never again attend i tbe Dreachin of God's word; but he 2, V1B(3. perfectly satisfied to have her go. and seek religion, if she wished, lie saia he was willing for her to be a christian if she could, but knowing her tt be a can did and honoat woman, he felt confideht that she would soon become convinced thr there was no reality in it,' and give ! it up. He was always pleased to have j her enpy herself in whatever way sno liked, being a courteous, polite and in duli'Mnt husband but now he was se cretly amazed at the idea f Elsie being a a mourner." thouirh he threw no im- 7 J m . pediments in the way of her mourning to her heart's content. A little over a'bonth after Elsio be came concerned on the subject of. reli gion, e received an invitation t attend a M-i-nic celebration in a neighboring town. I felt a presentiment not to 50, but being -urged -by several friends, at last co:ented. provided Elsie, would go too. She seemed very wiljing,, though . k 1 .1 . A. f- sne atterwaras toia me tne aismcnnauou to coin ' which I had experienced. We accordingly went a merry party, six in numh,:rT some of whom may have enjoy ed them'tclyes, , though I must conless I . nd Elsia aftsrwards toid nie she v.r.bfa s- miserable in her life. u . nj tai. iTimensely large, a part ;ad t j -hiet- ' vrs w; t';rl to conversation. -, to dp j. Being a church 1 u:-" .oe 1 Ciuii'i !"; nancp, ana iiireiui ' tiu-V u ft rep in.; -iher members of our part r -fit the conversazione, but they soon grewweary ol" the insipid small-talk cur vent on th occasion, and rcpaired'to the dancing room.' I followed tlism to the door, watvhediur a moment the graceful floating i'omij-of. these I loved, and then retired to my room :n & wretched state of uiind. I tried to sleep, but ah, it was something impossible. , Something,! knew not what, wds pressing upon my heart, and upbraiding raa for being there aid giving mr countenance and influence to such an nifuir. One of the young ladies the loveliest ot our party has since beea called suddenly, and probably un- prepared into eternity. No one can know brilliant evening had therf jli&t euuVn; "BeTurLToldC! monat of wh.ch she afterwards became a bright particular star. We returned home, Elsie and I both penitent, and resolving to lead better and more devoted lives. She had felt strong convictions in the na'H-rwom even while mingling in the giddy mazes of the dance, andivl'ier her 'return, 'g"n to seek the Lord more earnestly fon he had over done before. For we.i. her prayer and tears were un vailing, until it almost seemed that her case was hopeless. She herself began to think it so. I About this tune 1 left her, for a montk or two in the country, during the sultry dog-days. When 'I returned she met mo. with a beaming countenance. 44 Oh, M , I am so happy sh cried, throwing f?er arms about my neck. 44 1 have such peace such glorious peace sue 3 love for every living creature I I have found tho Savieur precious to my soul." Of course it" was a joyful meeting, but as soon 'as the first excitement had passed away, she said, 44 But yki will bo astonished at George. Hesseems to be almost deranged." 7 44 What on earth' is thfe matter with him ?'' I asked. 44 Ansrrv with me church," she Teplied, with tears tillih her beautiful dark eyes. - -v j - a w 44 You astonish me. He seemed to care nothing about your religious concern be fore I left; and I once heard him say he would cive a- thousand dollars to feel as some negroes did ,vho were shouting, though he knew it was nothing but ex citement. 44 Yes," she answered, sadly, 44 but ho has entirely changed within the last few t days. Never gave me an unkind word before, and now he is so angry, and she bursted into tears." 41 Lei tis, pray for him J replied, "the Lord can . reach his . heart. I have felt some hope of him ever since the Sunday erening before I left, when ho and i canvassed the subject of christianty. He seemed more serious that evening, and talked a little different from what had ever heard him." 44 Ah ! but he has sadly changed since then. Now he hates the name of. eve rything that bears the name of Chris tian. I am afraid he is losing his mind. I have prayed and intend to pray for him, but it seems to bo of no use." All things are possible with God," I replied; and the subject was. dropped onf the announcement of tea. ' (concluded next week.) At a debating Society in England late- iy tno question unaer discussion was whether it was morally wrong to cheat & lawyer. The judgment ot the Society was 44 Not wrong, but impossible." , The 0bject3 of the" War. When tbe Lord "showed 5)aniel things that were about to happen, he enquired, "Oiny Lord what shall be the end of these things? Tj. ? reply of Jevovah wa 44 Go thy way, Daniel ; for the words are closed up 'and sealed till the time of tho end. Many shall be purified and made whole and tried ; but the wicked shall do wickedly and none of the wicked shall understand ; but tho wise shall undf r stand." Every object God has in permitting this war we shall not discover in this world. But two objegcts a:e very apparent, and tney are the same that God speaks of to Daniel. Many shall be purihVd ; but the wicked shall co-itinue to do wickedly. Many of our citizens and soldiers are' be ing converted to God. . This is one object of the war, that by means of trials and suffering we may learn that this world is not their rest. And while many are be ing purified and made better, many are growing more wicked. Numbers ara be coming drunkarda, gamblers, extortion . ers and covetous. .Settles i f whiskey are) cirricdin the pockets ol travelers ; gam bling is rife; the rmber of extortioners is on the increase, and tEise greedy t eet eain are. beyond H count. "Tho wicked snail continue to do wicic'Qiy. The same gospel that breaks tho heart of some causes the heart of others to grow tho harder. The ruspel. St. Paul tclh us, is a savor ol Hie to some anu oeaiii w otheris. And which shall it bo to & Churchman. ua? r 1 The Ki3inGT Generation. . The Mississippia'j closes a timely aatl cle on the educational interests of the country, as folio tvs ; , We must give more- time and attention to training the youthfnl mind. Seek 'teachers of qualilieuion those who un derstand the orgsu'i.uion of tie human mind, and .tho mu:is by which it pow- L ers may be most 1 a'pidly developed, re ors jfhat wid have tlie mora) courage 10 assign very short lessons to pupils that will insist these' lessons be accurately learned, and recited at a brisk p.ce with out the least halting or. hesitation that will practice a profuse questioning and cross questioning, leading the scholar near enough tho inierenco they yrVMj them to draw to enable them to take the final steps themselves. Lot them bp applauded when they succeed afi-i encouraged when they fail ; but nev er for a moment, let the pupil lose his interest er alacrity. The lesson being short, the strain on their faculties will be ghort also, but recurring so often will gradually build up the moat valuable habits a man can possess, who wishes to go into the world wide awake, with ail his vri'.s about hiin. Wo throw out these hints upen the mode of schooling for the benefit of those wh may wish to teach iheir own household gods ; and we have no doubt that when school days aro ovar, a pupil so trained will not only have better health and bet ter mental habits, but a greater fund of available knowledge than it he was com pelled to plod through long hours of spir itless study at the expense of health and cheerfulness. We cannot too strongly impress on the minis of fathers, moth-, ors and guardians the necessity of im proving the educational condition of the country. Its indispensabjeness and pressing need must bo apparent to every one, as well as the social and public state of ourxountry, in case we fail to perform this sacred duty. . Letter to the Lord. In a garden of Uerliu, a Canary bird was found bearing on its neck a small note. The address was unuual An ilen Iteben Gotlo the good Lord. 'Che fioder broke the seal, and- found ft sincere message in accordance with the direction. It wav written by a lady, an Inmate of a private Unatic-asylum. The unfortunate one pleadiag for re lief from her gad situation ; asking a speedy death. She complained that the misrule and self-will of a ruiU fe male attendant was ifce cause of her snfferiog - ' All "explanations to 1 her relatives weretain, becaase tbi attend ant attributed her complainings to a diseased mind, and punished her for making known her situation. The be uevojent individual who foumd the note determined to investigate the matter. The lady's name was subscribecl in full, so that her friends were easily found. . iShe was removed to another situation. In a few months the best wish a of hoc frundt wer grafcitled. I restored. 1 . s Sot w&a folly t. -: .4. . .